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Deconstructing the 4 C’s of Diamond Grading: Clarity

Another characteristic to consider when investing in a Diamond is Diamond clarity. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) defines Diamond clarity as the absence of any internal or external flaws in or on the Diamond. While there is really no such thing as completely flawless Diamond, some have more flaws than others- and some have more visible flaws than others.  To determine how flawed a Diamond is, GIA developed the clarity scale, which is comprised of 11 grades. They are:   Flawless (FL) – No visible inclusions at 10-times magnification Internally Flawless (IF) – Flaws only visible at 10-times magnification Very, Very...
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Replacement Ring Makes National News

A couple in Illinois recently made headlines when after 67 years of marriage the husband gifted his wife a new ring. But this wasn’t just any ring, it was a replacement Diamond engagement ring that the husband gifted his wife as a replacement for her original Diamond ring which went missing from her room in the couple’s nursing home. The beautiful gesture proves that Diamonds are a timeless gift for any occasion – whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or even Valentine’s Day. It also serves as a reminder that just because it may not be your original diamond ring, it...
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How to Keep Your Custom Engagement Ring a Surprise

You want to pull off the perfect proposal- but hiding it from your savvy, soon-to-be fiancée can be challenging, especially when it comes to the Diamond engagement ring.  You want it to be a surprise, but you want to design a Diamond ring she’ll love, too. So, how do you get her input on what she likes and dislikes without giving away the surprise? Here are some tips for keeping what may be the biggest secret of your life. Does your significant other have a best friend or close relative that knows her preferences but won’t ruin the surprise? Let...
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Top Reasons to Design Your Own Diamond Jewelry

Walk into any jewelry store in America and you’ll likely find at least one shiny bauble that catches your eye. But despite the beauty of many of these pieces, they all lack some elements that custom jewelry can offer. So, what’s the big deal about custom jewelry- and why is it better than what you can get pre-made in stores? It’s as unique as you are When investing in something as precious and valuable as Diamond jewelry, you don’t want to look like everyone else. Jewelry conveys your own unique style in ways clothing and other accessories simply can’t.  Having...
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This Bavarian Town is Literally Built with Diamonds

You might say that Nördlingen, Bavaria is a dazzling place to live- but not just because the picturesque city looks like something right out of a painting. It’s because Nördlingen was literally built with Diamonds- more specifically a material called suevite, which was deposited by an asteroid millions of years ago. Suevite is a composite of Diamonds, glass and crystals, which the early settlers of Nördlingen used to build their homes. As a result, today it is estimated that the city of Nördlingen is built with 72,000 tons of Diamonds. Yes, that’s right. Seventy-two-thousand tons of diamonds! But before you...
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Deconstructing the 4 C’s of Diamond Grading: Color

By now you may have heard of the “4 C’s” of Diamond grading- carat, color, cut and clarity. But what do they mean? Today let’s discuss color, and how it affects the cost of a diamond. Diamond color grades are determined by the GIA scale. The colors on the GIA scale rank from D to Z. A D color Diamond is nearly colorless, and among the most desirable and expensive. These Diamonds, along with E and F are considered the best. Next, G-J are considered nearly colorless and also highly desirable, but cost a bit less than colorless diamonds. When...
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Rare Yellow Diamond Found in Canada

The largest Diamond ever found in North America was recently discovered in the Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories, Canada.  The yellow Diamond weighed in at 552 carats, stealing the crown from Canada’s previous largest diamond, which was 187.7 carats and also found in a Diavik mine. The Diavik Diamond is said to be about the size of a chicken egg, and is the 7th largest Diamond to be found worldwide so far this century. The Diamond’s value is yet to be determined as its use, but it is slated to be polished and cut down soon. The rare...
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Sotheby’s Develops Line of Vintage Jewels with a Modern Twist

  The auction house Sotheby’s has paired with jewelry designer Elaine Fattal to create a collection of Diamond jewelry using re-purposed vintage settings and modern stones. The pieces feature jewel-encrusted flowers like daisies and peonies- all of which once were parts of other jewelry.  With the addition of some other precious gems, those pieces –which may not have originally been the center piece of their original pieces- become the  stars of the show. The jewelry was displayed in London until December 5, 2018 but, unfortunately, was not listed for auction. But don’t despair! If you were looking for a re-designed...
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Why Grade Your Diamond?

  Growing up, one of the most important things to our parents –at least academically speaking- was that we got good grades at school. In school, grades are a valuable measure of your progress and success in your studies. But school isn’t the only place grading is useful. It’s also useful when it comes to Diamonds. Diamond grading is the process of evaluating a Diamond and giving it a report card of sorts based on the “4 C’s” of Diamonds: cut, color, clarity and carat weight. Developed by Richard T. Liddicoat in 1953, the Gemological Institute of America developed the...
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These Five Diamond Facts are as cool as Ice

Everyone knows that Diamonds are beautiful, but they’re also really interesting, too! For example, you may have heard that Diamonds are the hardest material on earth, but did you know that the only thing that can scratch a Diamond is another Diamond? Here are some fascinating Diamond facts you may not know!   Diamonds are cut on a wheel called a Diamond scaife. The diamond scaife was invented in 1456 and they are still in use today. The scaife uses a combination of olive oil and diamond dust on a spinning wheel to wear down the sides of a Diamond...
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Top Engagement Ring Trends for 2019

The Natural – Natural, uncut stones or Herkimer Diamonds are huge with Millennials right now. These rough stones have not been shaped or polished, and their cloudy, matte appearance are reminiscent of big chunks of white rock-candy. These diamonds are well-suited to the more free-spirited bride who likes things a little bit unstructured. Art Deco Inspired – Art deco inspired rings are making a comeback in a big way. There are many vintage styles available and to take inspiration from,but if you’re looking for something unique but still deco inspired, consider having a deco-style ring custom made by Diamond Factory...
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How Can You Increase the Value of Your Diamonds?

    Do you own Diamond jewelry or loose Diamonds that you’ve tried to sell but only get low-ball offers for? Have you given up trying to sell them out of frustration? Don’t you wish there was some way to increase the value of those Diamonds and get more money for them when you’re ready to sell? Believe it or not, you have options. There are ways to improve the value of your stones and get top dollar at resale. At Diamond Factory Dallas, we specialize in buying Diamonds. Not only do we offer some of the best prices in...
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Pink Diamond Sets World Record

  A rare pink Diamond just sold via auction at Christie’s Auction House for a whopping $50.4-million-dollars. The astounding price set a world record for both ‘auction prices per carat’ for pink Diamonds, as well as for being the most expensive pink Diamond ever sold at Christie’s. The 18.96 carat beauty was sold to the parent company of the esteemed Harry Winston jewelers, and has already earned the moniker “The Winston Pink Legacy.” The Pink Legacy joins other Winston-owned treasures such as the Winston Legacy Diamond, a 101-carat pear-shaped Diamond which the jewelry house purchased in 2013 for $26.3 million...
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Breathe New Life into Old Jewelry

This is it: you’re ready to ask the woman of your dreams to marry you. You promised Grandma you’d propose with her old Diamond ring- but unfortunately it’s not exactly your future bride’s style. What do you do? You could try giving it to her anyway, knowing she secretly isn’t as in love with it as she is with you. You could break your word to Grandma and buy a totally new ring that better suits your soon-to-be fiancé, or you could make everyone happy and re-purpose that Diamond into a custom ring that your bride will cherish forever. At...
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Get a Fresh Start by Selling Your Diamonds

  Whether you are newly-divorced and looking to purge some bad memories, or you’ve been separated for a while and are finally ready to let go of those once-sentimental Diamonds, there’s no better way to move on as they say, than selling your Diamonds for cash- cash that you can use to take a vacation, invest or put towards a new home or education. Here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area there are many options for selling your Diamonds: pawn shops, jewelry stores, antique dealers – and those are just the local options. There are also several places to choose from...
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How to Choose The Best Dallas Jewelers

So, you’re ready to buy your engagement ring in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, but the wide variety of jewelry stores in Dallas have left you totally confused. There are a number of good quality Dallas jewelers who can provide great designs at affordable prices, but if you don’t know which are the dependable ones, you might end up getting taken for a ride. Often the thought of buying a precious diamond engagement ring is so exciting that buyers miss out on the basic precautions and preparations of diamond buying, and later realize that they’ve been duped. So before you set out shopping for diamonds in Dallas, here...
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Are You Really Ready To Sell Diamonds For Cash?

There are several reasons why people let go of their diamond jewelry at stores or online. The most common reason is to generate some money from the sale, which can be used to fund everything from a college education, a wedding or a new home. People also sell diamond rings when their ring’s design seems outdated or they want to upgrade to a nicer piece of jewelry.  This often occurs with jewelry that has been inherited from previous generations. Often, diamond jewelry can be associated with unpleasant memories, and the best way to wash those memories clean is to sell...
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Important Information for Loose-Diamond Sellers

Important Information for Loose Diamond Sellers   A diamond is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. But for smart people, selling their diamonds to diamond buyers can also be a great business proposition. Even if you are not in it as a business, you might need to sell a loose diamond or a diamond ring you own. These are a few things to keep in mind when you want to sell loose diamonds or diamond jewelry :   Read Up – Before selling your diamond, the first thing you should do is to gather as much knowledge as possible about it. The internet is a...
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The Latest Setting Styles For Diamond Rings

Congratulations! You’ve popped the question, and the love of your life has said yes to your marriage proposal! Yay, that’s great news, but it also means you need to gift her an engagement ring, mate. Don’t fret if you don’t know anything about diamonds before you set out to buy an engagement ring. This short list of some of the most popular setting styles of diamond rings will get you off to a great start, after which you can easily select the one you like most.   Bezel: The diamond is held in place tightly in a thin ring made of metal. This...
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Diamond Care – Essential Maintenance Tips for After You Buy an Engagement Ring

Everyone wants to make their wedding memorable. An important part of the wedding ceremony is the presenting of an engagement ring by the groom to the bride. Most men put in a lot of planning and thought before they go to buy a diamond engagement ring. They want to buy something special that will truly convey the extent of their love, and also make her look beautiful when she wears it. But if you expect your future husband to purchase an engagement ring for you that will make heads turn, then you should be prepared to take some steps to help keep it glittering...
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